Dan Modlin


Dan Modlin served as News Director at WKU Public Radio for 23 years, and retired in early 2013. He's a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family.  A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio. His reports have earned numerous national  and state  awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting. 

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Kentucky's General Fund Receipts increased by 5.3 percent last month, compared to September of last year. However, revenues  for the first quarter still fell below the pace needed to meet the official estimate. Meanwhile, road funds declined 3.9 percent.

Lincoln Birthplace

Although Abraham Lincoln encountered a number of disappointments with his Army commanders, a noted historian says the nation's 16th president was generally effective in dealing with Naval commanders. Dr. Craig L. Symonds of the U-S Naval Academy says high-ranking officers in the Navy weren't selected as political appointments like some Army officers were.

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A significant Civil War battle took place in Kentucky on October 8th, 1862. The Battle of Perryville claimed the lives of about 7600 soldiers, and some historians now say the battle was more important than some researchers thought in the past. Dr. Glenn LaFantasie of the WKU Institute for Civil War Studies and WKU Military Historian Dr. Jack Thacker  say Confederate forces moved into the state, hoping to get Kentuckians to join their cause.

Brian Scott / U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

About 150 Americans are killed each year in car accidents involving  deer collisions. Safety experts say white-tailed deer are also linked to accidents which injure tens of thousands of motorists.

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As the Major League Baseball play-offs get underway, many teams are counting on strong pitching staffs to move them closer to the World Series. For many fans, it can be difficult to tell what's going on when a pitcher changes speeds or tries to fool a hitter with a slider or cut fastball. WKU head baseball coach Matt Myers says the  art of pitching can be more difficult than some fans might realize. 

USS LST Ship Memorial

The Associated Press reports that a cargo ship which once carried tanks in the D-Day invasion has run aground in a river in western Kentucky. U.S. Coast Guard officials received a report Monday night that the LST-325 became stuck in the Cumberland River as it was headed back to Evansville, Indiana.

Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association

Many people who raise fruits and vegetables in Kentucky are finding good marketing opportunities for their produce. As consumers look for fresh produce and healthy diets, road side stands and creative approaches are leading to an important source of income for some small farmers, and some who raise more produce than they can sell themselves.  As more Kentucky school systems look for fresh produce for their cafeteria programs, the opportunities are expected to increase.

Fort Campbell will host a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Symposium on October 2nd.  Organizers of the event say the program will help to address the needs of service members.


The State of Kentucky is taking part in a national prescription drug take-back program to safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is in effect Saturday September 29th from 10am until 2pm.

Alex Downing, the President and Treasurer of the College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University, is accepting a new position with Franklin Bank and Trust Company. Mr. Downing will officially leave the University on December 31, 2012.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has opened a proceeding that will lead to the creation of a new area code in all or a portion of the area currently served by 270.  The PSC says it was  notified in August by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator that 270 is expected to run out of available numbers by the third quarter of 2014. Now the PSC says that projection has been moved up to the first quarter of 2014.

A lawyer for U.S. Representative Ben Chandler's re-election campaign contends that a coal executive featured in at least three political ads has become a public figure, which negates claims he has been slandered. Louisville attorney John McGarvey responded by letter to a claim that the Chandler campaign had slandered River View Coal Vice President Heath Lovell.  Chandler, a Democrat, is opposed in the Sixth District race by Republican Andy Barr.

Legendary Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot will perform Friday night at SkyPac in Bowling Green. The man who has written hits such as "If You Could Read My Mind" and "That's What You Get for Lovin' Me" still maintains a busy touring schedule. Dan Modlin has a profile of the songwriter.....

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The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science was named the Number one high school in the country earlier this year by Newsweek magazine. In recognition of that honor, a celebration took place on the WKU campus. The ceremony gave many of the leaders who helped to make the Academy possible a chance to reflect on what it means to the university, the students, and the region. 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says Kentucky’s county clerks started sending absentee ballots to military and other eligible voters last week. Grimes says the process of sending, filling out and returning an absentee ballot can take several weeks for some active duty military members.